Saturday, November 22, 2008

Qld residents prepare for evening storms

Southeast Queensland residents have begun bunkering down in the lead-up to another storm, expected to hit parts of the state about 4pm (AEST) on Saturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a severe weather warning for residents in the Southeast Coast, Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts, with expected wind speeds of up to 100km/h.

"Winds will become gusty during the afternoon and into the early evening with the potential for damaging gusts across the region, more so about the ridges and higher ground," the warning reports.

ENERGEX spokesman Mike Swanston said strong winds forecast for the weekend could bring power interruptions and damage to the electricity network.

"Strong winds have the potential to bring down trees and branches which, along with other loose objects, can be carried long distances and into contact with powerlines," Mr Swanstons said.

"ENERGEX has fully-rested crews after the devastating storms of the past week and have placed them on standby in readiness for more severe weather, and in the event that power is lost we will work as quickly as possible to safely restore power.

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